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Ypsilanti Schools accept transportation consolidation
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 8, 2010   ·   3:07 p.m.

Connie Shelton, an East Middle School Teacher, speaks against the WISD transportation consolidation plan at Monday's special meeting of the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The board approved the motion to join the consolidation by a vote of 5 to 2.

"Shame on you" echoed through the audience Monday night after the Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to join a countywide consolidated...read more

Willow Run appoints new board member
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 5, 2010   ·   8:16 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board looks on as Kristine Thomas, a district parent and previous board member, is sworn in as trustee on Thursday night. Thomas will take the position of Joi Jenson who resigned in early May.

The Willow Run School Board appointed a new, yet familiar trustee to the board of education during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Kristine Thomas, a Willow...read more

Willow Run approves county-wide transportation plan
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 27, 2010   ·   2:09 p.m.

The Willow Run School District signed on to a countywide consolidated transportation plan at their regular board meeting last week.

The plan aims to save transportation...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   7:49 p.m.

Students from Lincoln and other nearby districts are being invited to participate in Lincoln High School's Summer Academy this year, registration for which opened...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010   ·   12:26 a.m.

Willow Run School Board President Sheri Washington said she didn't know if the district was going to press charges against former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks after the board fired Hicks during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special...read more

Willow Run to join Early College Alliance

Director of the Early College Alliance David Dugger, right, explains the benefits of the ECA program to the Willow Run Board of Education during the regular board meeting last Thursday night at Henry Ford Elementary. Photo by Adrienne Ziegler

Director of the Early College Alliance David Dugger, right, explains the benefits of the ECA program to the Willow Run Board of Education during the regular board meeting last Thursday night at Henry Ford Elementary.
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High school students able to get head start on college classes

By Adrienne Ziegler
Mar. 25, 2010    ·    11:32 a.m.

Starting in fall 2011, students in the Willow Run district will be able to attend the Early College Alliance (ECA) program at Eastern Michigan University.

ECA students attend EMU for free while maintaining ties to their high school. Potentially, a student that participates in ECA may graduate from high school with up to two years of college credit already acquired, giving them a head start on their college education and career goals.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to participate in the Early College Alliance," said Willow Run School Board president Sheri Washington. "We're very committed to it."

David Dugger, director of the ECA, said that the program provides a way for Willow Run to expand educational opportunities to students.

“Typically there are students that are looking for something different than they’re currently experiencing,” he said. “There can be multiple reasons why they’re looking for something different. We’re trying to create options for students in this county so that kids can find what fits for them and be successful within that setting.”

The learning process works differently at ECA than in a traditional high school setting. As a non-time centric program, students in the ECA focus on skill acquisition as opposed to credit accumulation.

“It really isn’t about credit,” he said. “It really is about the student demonstrating the academic skills necessary.”

The program cites statistics that show 84 percent of ECA students enrolled in 100-level courses at EMU passed with a grade of “C” or better.

Although ECA students will attend EMU fulltime, Willow Run will continue to receive funding for those students from the state. They can also claim them as a student in the district for a fifth year. Students are also free to participate in any extracurricular programs at their home high school, including sports, as long as they maintain the academic eligibility standards of the ECA.

"What really is great about it is the students remain connected to those buildings,"
Dugger said at the school board meeting last week. "[The districts] are not losing the students at all."

Any student that resides within the district, including those who are home schooled, or have attended private schools in the past, may apply for admittance to the program. Dugger said approximately 23 percent of ECA students are new to their ECA district, which could potentially increase enrollment for Willow Run.

The ECA will accept between 10-15 students from the Willow Run district for admittance in the program in fall of 2011. Although there is an application process, students are chosen by lottery for admittance. Of those accepted, 30 percent of the seats will be reserved for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Willow Run will join several other area school districts in the ECA consortium, including Chelsea Public Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Milan Public Schools, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Whitmore Lake Public Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools. In 2011, Dugger estimates there will be nearly 450 students enrolled in the program.

District informational meetings about the program will be announced in the fall. Ninth or tenth grade students in the Willow Run district may apply for the 2011 fall term sometime in October.

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